April 2019

Meet the Filmmaker: Susan Lyles, “Eyes on the World”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SL: Very excited to be a part of celebrating women film makers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SL: Excited share our work and see the work of others.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SL: Any time we can bring the work of women to the forefront it paves the way to true gender parity.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Anyone who enjoys film
SL: Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
Seeing the creative eye of film makers who are making movies they love is always the best.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
SL: This is our first festival so no memories yet, but can’t wait to make them this year.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SL: I’ve been producing and directing work by women in the theatre for the last 14 years through And Toto too Theatre Company and have been producing/acting with Ruff, Ruff, Dog since 2015. Eyes on the World was part of the London 48 hour film project this past October, we shot on both sides of the pond and did one shot simultaneously in London and Denver using facetime on an ipad, and two cameras in Denver, and facetime on an ipad and shooting with an I-phone in London, so basically 5 camera’s at once.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SL: Our films have women in lead positions in writing, editing, producing and acting, with the female roles leading the stories.

Q: What else are you working on?
SL: Webseries The Adventures of Susy McPhail, which follows the adventures of a realtor in Denver, and several short films waiting to be scheduled for filming.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SL: Find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Ruff-Ruff-Dog-Films-321158691987930/

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SL: Thanks for creating a space for women creatives and inviting us to that space!

Eyes on the World will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nikie Perlmutter, “Rations:

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NK: I feel honored and proud. It’s humbling to have it recognized by other independent filmmakers.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NK: I’m looking forward to interacting with my peers and seeing their work. I’m always inspired and in awe of what other filmmakers create. Women especially are painted with a broad brush and it’s exciting to see more and more stories created by women that showcase how very complex and unique each of us truly are.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NK: Incredibly important! Women have an uncanny knack for seeking each other out for shared experiences, to lift each other up, and work together for a collective goal. Not to say that women aren’t flawed, but any and every woman-led set I’ve worked on has always been a unique experience. I believe it’s important and necessary that female-identifying filmmakers see themselves reflected in their media and are given platforms to speak their truths and collaborate.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?  Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NK: Festivals are always fun for filmmakers to meet each other and celebrate our successes. Non-filmmakers get the opportunity to see films before a theatrical release and also appreciate the footwork, labor, and love that goes into this craft. It’s funny how we spend so much time consuming media yet we don’t get the chance to consider the people behind the movies and shows we all love. The closest a lot of movie-goers get to the people “behind the scenes” is at huge fan events. Attending a film festival is like going to a restaurant and then getting to speak with the chef directly about their craft. These interactions offered at film festivals create a stronger bond between the filmmaker and the film viewer.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
NK: This will actually be my first time in attendance! It certainly won’t be my last.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NK: Rations was the movie that did not want to get made. Set to a shooting schedule in spring here in Denver, there was an earlier production of Rations. We were so close to having a very different version in the can until we had our last day of shooting devoted to outdoor scenes. Denver being Denver, it rained every single day I attempted to schedule our shoot – which is both an inconvenience to production as well as disastrous for a movie about a drought. Ultimately, enough of the old crew had to move on while I attempted to reschedule. The real blow was when my original DP moved out of state. I attempted to convince our gaffer to take over as DP. He told me, very politely and very kindly, “No.” Too much time had gone by and there were too many stylistic differences, it would not have done our film any justice for Aaron to take over when there was still so much left to shoot. And so back to the drawing board… A year later, with a new crew, new director Alex RW, several new drafts of the script, and my kind gaffer at the helm as DP, the Rations you see here was shot. Ironically enough, it snowed the morning we had our exterior shots. Luckily it melted away in time to roll. Rations is an example of perseverance of both a story as well as Colorado independent filmmakers. If a story must be told, it will be told, and sometimes a No is the best favor someone can give you.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NK: I’m drawn to character, first and foremost. I’m most proud of the and moral-grey area of Rations and I hope my future projects continue to encapsulate that tension. 

Q: What else are you working on?
NK: I’m always writing but I currently take on positions on set as art director here in Denver. Last year I worked as production designer on Riley Anne Martin’s The Idea of Black and White, which follows a young photographer as she battles with her art, love, lust, and her own uncertainty. 

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NK: Follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rationsmovie/ and https://www.facebook.com/ARWorksFilm/ for news on other ARWorks productions.

Rations will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Rebekah Fieschi, “Sylphvania Grove”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film
RF: I’m very excited to be a part of Colorado Independent Women of Film and cannot wait to discover the entire selection at the Bug Theater.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
RF: I hope to meet like minded filmmakers and an indie hungry audience for whom our films are made for.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
RF: I find it very important to focus on regional women filmmakers as it is harder for us to be seen and heard, especially in smaller filmmaking communities that often appear at first sight to be over run by men. It’s a great reminder that women are here, doing great work and it’s a great way to put women in touch with one another so we can lift up and support each other’s works and create more visibility and opportunities for all of us.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
RF: Anyone who loves film should attend the festival! I make movies for the audience and love to interact with them after screenings. Indie festivals are a great opportunity to see unique movies, meet the filmmakers behind films that you like and discover stories that may not have been told through mainstream media.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
RF: I’m an award-winning writer/director from Corsica. My focus is to bring more entertaining, yet layered, character driven gothic horror and fantasy films to the screen while giving a voice to underrepresented characters. With my production company, Horromance Productions, I strive to make low budget films that look like big budget movies while keeping the ecological impact of filmmaking in mind for each production therefor making as many eco-conscious and cruelty-free choices as possible. Sylphvania Grove follows the adventure of a quiet ten-year-old girl struggling to find her place in the world who follows a magical being in the woods where she must find her strength while remaining true to herself .
The short doubled it’s asking amount while crowdfunding in April 2017, it premiered in festivals in September 2018 and has won four awards since then including Best Fantasy and Best Director.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
RF: I use fantastic mediums to tell very real stories, allowing the audience to connect strongly with my lead characters and diving into their world.

Q: What else are you working on?
RF: I’m currently in pre-production for a short film The Unvisited, a spooky comedy about a very old couple living alone in an isolated mansion, which is set to be shot in June. I’m also developing my first feature film which is a more sinister project entitled Beast, a psychological drama/creature feature that deals with trauma, mental health and perseverance (we’re currently looking for producers and funding, reach out if you want to be a part of the adventure!).

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
RF: You can follow my work through my company’s website www.horromance.com where you can sign up to our mailing list. We’re also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @horromance. Sylphvania Grove has it’s own Facebook and Instagram @SylphvaniaGrove . My previous short film Mauvaises Têtes is streaming on Seed&Spark and Amazon Prime Video (https://www.seedandspark.com/watch/mauvaises-tetes , https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KHXXSGT ).

Sylphvania Grove will screen Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmakers: Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur, “Three Worlds, One Stage”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
J&R: We are very excited to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film. We love the mission of the festival how it supports female Colorado filmmakers in a real way.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
J&R: We know the event will give us a venue to promote our own mission of bridging cultures. We also hope to meet other filmmakers in the area since we are always looking for ways to support the work of other artists and also find collaborators in the area.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
J&R: It is very important to focus on regional women filmmakers because it highlights the fact that there are many women in Colorado making work.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
J&R: Three Worlds, One Stage demonstrates the positive power of multiculturalism through the lens of dance and music. It is a story of immigration, determination and hope – an American narrative at its core. As a filmmaking team, we have been working together since 2011 when we shot our first feature doc The Golden Hour in the streets of Delhi. Since then we have worked on three features, a webseries and a number of shorts together.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
J&R: The unique angle of our films is how we tell stories through many cultural lenses. In our documentary Three Worlds, One Stage, for example, we are telling the story of dance through the eyes of five different cultures including the filmmakers.

Q: What else are you working on?
J&R: Currently we are in development of a narrative feature written by Roma. Lots more information on that coming soon!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
J&R: Check out our Facebook page for Three Worlds, One Stage to follow our journey and find out more about upcoming screenings. https://www.facebook.com/threeworldsonestage

Three Worlds, One Stage will screen Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Marin Lepore, “I Put the Bi in Bitter – Season One”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: I’m so grateful to be part of an event that celebrates female-filmmakers! I’m a strong believer that accurate representation starts behind the scenes, so it’s important to celebrate films that not only have female casts, but female writers, directors, and crews as well.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
ML: I hope that everyone who attends this event sees not only the power of women in film, but also the diversity of women in film. Even though we’re all women, everyone is so different and unique, spreading across all genres and subjects, and I know the films will reflect that.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
ML: SO important! Female-creators within any industry, but especially the film industry, are incredibly underrepresented, so it’s essential that communities work together to lift up and highlight the stories and voices that are seldom given the spotlight.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival?  Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
ML: Everyone who is interested in film, regardless of experience, should attend! Denver has some amazing unknown filmmakers, and festivals are a great way to not only see the independent work that’s out there, but also to support our own creative community, and meet new like-minded people you may be able to collaborate with in the future.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
ML: I’ve been attending EFP events for a couple years now, and I had my first ever screening in February 2019! It’s so surreal and validating to see your work projected on a large screen in front of a live audience, and it’s also a great environment to be around other filmmakers and film-enthusiasts.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
ML: I’m a comedy screenwriter who aspires to work on TV shows for kids and teens, and I’m co-creator of Sad Girl Productions, a Denver-based film production company that creates diverse, inclusive, female-centric films; one of them being I Put the Bi in Bitter which will be screening! I Put the Bi in Bitter is a cute and lighthearted comedy webseries about a bisexual teenager and her lesbian BFF as they navigate high school, deal with friendship/crushes, and all the other shenanigans that come from being young. If you can’t make the screening, you can watch the series for free on youtube: youtube.com/sadgirlproductions

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
ML: As a gay woman of color, I strive to represent minorities in my writing, and my stories often highlight LGBT and POC communities. I’m also very passionate about kid-friendly writing. I think a huge thing LGBT media is missing right now is being accessible to a younger audience, so I love to create non-dramatic, non-tragic, non-sexual stories that normalize being gay, especially while being young. Basically, like many other people, we create the content we wish we had growing up.

Q: What else are you working on?
ML: My team and I are currently in pre-production for I Put the Bi in Bitter Season 3, which we plan to shoot in June and have released on youtube later this year!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ML:
Websitesadgirlproductions.com
Instagraminstagram.com/sadgirlprods
Youtubeyoutube.com/SadGirlProductions
Emailsadgirlprods@gmail.com(I absolutely love talking to new people, so please feel free to reach out about anything! Whether that’s looking to collaborate, talking about a project I’ve done, sending over an interesting article, or just saying hi!)

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
ML: Thank you for supporting women in film, and I’m very excited to see this organization grow even bigger in the coming years!

I Put the Bi in Bitter – Season One will screen Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Sheila E. Schroeder, “Scary Lucy”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: It is a distinct honor to be able to screen Scary Lucy at CIWF! Our short was filmed at various sites in Denver with an all-Colorado cast and crew. Having a chance to screen at our home town festival at the iconic Bug theater is a great chance for our fans and a new audience to see this film on the big screen. Given the themes within the film that speak to women’s health, resistance and persistence, CIWF is a great fit.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SS: We hope to gain exposure for our cast and crew through this screening in addition to providing your audiences with a 21-minute escape. We like to say this is a comedy with heart so we hope the audience walks away feeling better about themselves after having spent time with Scary Lucy.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SS: CIWF’s focus on regional women filmmakers is exactly what the industry needs. This focus helps to add ballast to an industry that is out of balance when it comes to opportunities for women. This festival showcases the talents of a wide swath of women who have plenty to say and whose talents need outlets.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SS: Having attended the festival on several occasions, I know there’s something for everyone. If you appreciate good storytelling you’ll want to purchase a pass and drop in for the whole event!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SS: I wrote, produced and edited Scary Lucy as part of Project DU F.I.L.M., (film initiative linking mentors) a filmmaking mentorship at the University of Denver designed to change the face of film in front of and behind the camera. We have amazing alumni mentors working shoulder to shoulder with our students who are learning how to be film professionals. Scary Lucy has been fortunate to receive awards for the screenplay and has screened in front of audiences from Melbourne, Australia to Salt Lake City.
As a college professor for the last 21 years at the University of Denver, my filmmaking has focused on social change, especially as it relates to issues impacting women, girls and the LGBT communities.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: Our film stars two of Denver’s best stand up comics, Christie Buchele and Janae Burris. Without these two talented women, the amazing Marteene Diaz directing, the tenacious work of Associate Producer, Oanh Le, and the brilliance of our production designer, Angela Forster, this film would not be half of what it turned out to be.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I am putting the final touches on a short screenplay called, Hunting Season. It’s a story about a lesbian Latinx comic who finds herself in the crosshairs during hunting season in Wyoming. The goal is to film this in December, 2019 as our third Project DU F.I.L.M. short.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SS: http://scarylucythemovie.com/ https://www.facebook.com/scarylucythemovie/

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SS: Hurray for CIWF and all you do to help level the playing field for female filmmakers in Colorado!

Scary Lucy will screen Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Lindsay Morrison, “Reliquary: A Mugging”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LM: I am thrilled to be selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film. I am looking forward to meeting more women in the Colorado film community, and to see what kind of awesomeness these women have been serving up lately. And I’m very honored to be counted amongst them.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
LM: I hope to meet a lot of kick-ass women, watch some great films, and to leave with an increased sense of community. I’m new to the Colorado film community and this will be a great opportunity to introduce myself to more people, find potential collaborators, and maybe make some new friends.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
LM: I think it’s incredibly important. As a Los Angeles ex-pat, I’m a huge proponent of the decentralization of Hollywood and I’d love to see the Denver film seen grow more and more. And I think there’s an ever-present need more female voices, and other marginalized voices, to take over more of the industry in general. Film is a medium that can move people to change their minds or take action or to heal themselves. And so it’s critical that a medium with so much power should be emerging from more than just one gender and one location (i.e. Men in LA)

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
LM: Even before I was a filmmaker I always loved going to film festivals because of the variety of films. There is so much creativity, thought, vision, I think it can inspire anyone, whether or not they are a filmmaker. If you like going out to see a movie, seems like you might like going to watch a shorts block as well. It’s entertainment and a chance to “fill the well” so to speak.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
LM: Since I am new to the area, I haven’t had a ton of experiences at the Bug yet, but I’ve loved it every time I’ve gone. I’ve screened at the Bug twice — once at EFP and the other at Open Screen Night, and both were a blast. I think my favorite was attending Open Screen Night, because of the crazy, weird energy of it all. It was so fun to see everyone’s strange movies screened properly. I wish Open Screen Night would come back!! But I also just generally love the staff at the Bug, the people who keep it going and curate such a lovely selection of oddities every month.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
LM: I’m a writer/diretor with a passion for horror and deep love of all things beautifully bizarre. I have 10+ years experience working on the LA Film Scene, both on and off set, but jumped ship last year in order to move to Denver with my husband and start an independent film production company. We officially launched WOLF LUV FILMS last September and have been working to build it up every day.

Reliquary: A Mugging is the first episode in a series entitled Reliquary. My partner, Michael La Breche, developed the series with R.J. Holloway, and wrote many of the episodes. I was so excited when they invited me to direct the first installment. I love this piece because of how it plays with expectations vs. reality, who is good vs. evil, and what that even means. The supposed victim becomes the aggressor because of her inner evil nature which is awakened by the Reliquary; meanwhile the petty thief, who makes a wrong choice in a moment of desperation, is in fact too good at heart to even be able to hold the Reliquary for more than a moment.

Neon pink became a major theme for this film, in part because I love neon and try to incorporate it wherever possible, but it made a lot of sense here because of the effect light has on the feel of a scene. I wanted there to be a transition between the “real” world and the world of cosmic terrors and old ones returning, and having an actual neon sign in the scene allowed there to be a practical light that becomes more and more expressionistic and surreal as we move toward the climax.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
LM: I love to make vocal cameos in all my films, and Reliquary is no different. In this I play the voice of the fed-up sister giving her brother a hard time over the phone. It’s something that started happening just out of necessity, but I have to admit I sort of love having that little piece of myself written into the films DNA. And it makes me giggle just a little every time I watch it.

Q: What else are you working on?
LM: Right now I’m gearing up the direct episode 2 of the Reliquary series. The next one revolves around a priest and I’m pretty excited about that. But I’m also working on my first feature film, which will also be WOLF LUV FILM’s first feature production. It’s called LATEX” and is a horror film with a very cool villain that I don’t want to let out of the bag quite yet, but I will say she is a very disturbed woman with some very specific tastes. I wrote it and am set to direct it as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LM: I have a personal website here: www.lindsaymorrison.com, and you can check out my production company WOLF LUV FILMS, here: www.wolfluvfilms.com.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
LM: I think it’s so cool that you gals exist and I can’t wait to get to know all of you better. Thanks for creating a space to elevate and promote Colorado Independent Woman Filmmakers!

Reliquary: A Mugging will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Alison Piper, “Elsie Goes Walking”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AP: I feel incredibly honored to have been selected.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
AP: I am excited to meet other women filmmakers from our rich community and see other interesting films.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
AP: Incredibly important. There is so much talent and unique voices that it’s important to give women filmmakers here an opportunity to showcase their work.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
AP: Anyone interested in film should attend!

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
AP: This project was collaboration of so many talented cast and crew members. It really hit home my love of working on independent films.

Q: What else are you working on?
AP: I am currently finishing a new short film Trace shot on super 16MM. We are in post production now. We’re excited to be able to show it out in the world soon.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AP: I am not currently on social media right now in any capacity. We do have a page for Trace if you want to learn more about it.
https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/trace#updates

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
AP: This is a great organization and so important to support women filmmakers especially in a smaller market like Colorado. Again the work that comes out of the artistic community here astounds me. It’s great to have a venue to see these films.

Elsie Goes Walking will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Nancy Fingerhood, “Mile High Nancy Episode 6: Mom Jeans and Comedy Dreams”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: I am always honored to be selected.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
NF: I hope the creative juices are flowing and I know I will see great films.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
NF: It is very important especially to get more women into technical roles.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
NF: I think all people would enjoy it and the entire community should attend as you never know what can inspire you.

Q: This is the 9th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
NF: I just enjoy the energy and positive crowd.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
NF: I am a writer and filmmaker originally from New Jersey. This is the 6th episode of my web series Mile High Nancy.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
NF: I don’t know if it is unique but I try to use the same people in my videos as they are great talented people.

Q: What else are you working on?
NF: I am working on a spoof about texting.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NF: Look up Mile High Nancy on YouTube.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
NF: Please come out and join us!

Mile High Nancy Episode 6: Mom Jeans and Comedy Dreams will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

Meet the Filmmaker: Shannon K. Dunn, “Losing Sight”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SD: I am honored to be included, thank you!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
SD: I’d love to encourage more women filmmakers to know they can film in Colorado, using SAG-AFTRA actors is super easy and there are a lot of talented film folks here. I am always looking to network – finding other women crew in Denver is exciting to me!

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
SD: I think it’s very important as there are so many talented women whose voices should be heard! Unfortunately, I think the professional-level opportunities are somewhat limited, but for those who can create and produce their own content, the possibilities are endless!

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
SD: I think it’s important for filmmakers, actors, writers, producers and crew members, but also for anyone who loves film ~ the creativity and stories are unique and not main-stream.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
SD: I have spent 25+ years working in the entertainment business in some form. I started as an actor, and still actively pursue roles, but have been writing scripts lately and have quite a few that have been purchased/optioned. One of the main reasons I decided to direct Losing Sight was seeing how some of my scripts were produced/directed by others and I was not only disappointed but also a bit angry with the quality/acting of the finished films. I had one specifically that was a comedy, but the finished film ended up dramatic in style (and the casting/acting was just horrendous – it was completely opposite from the character descriptions, I was furious!) – I even asked the producer/director if I could buy the rights back from him! He declined, but it just fueled my passion to make a film that I envisioned.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
SD: I try to evoke an emotion from the audience — whether it’s laughter or sadness – I want a tiny part to be remembered if possible.

Q: What else are you working on?
SD: My writing partner, Tony Jerris and I have just completed 6 (yes, 6!) Christmas-themed movies – 3 of which were optioned and one is currently in negotiations – we are under an NDA, so can’t elaborate, but he and I write interesting, funny and well-rounded stories together — on my own, I have just completed writing a few feature film scripts and 2 TV-series. As a performer, I have just completed a comedic role in a short film and was hired as a series regular for a web-series filming here in Denver! I am deciding if I want to film my next short — I am aiming for 100% women cast and crew – and of course, film in Colorado, just need to refine the script (it’s an interesting twist based on a Twitter Feed I read, “what if men had a 9PM curfew”). I don’t want it to be man-bashing, so I’m working out the kinks (rewriting and rewriting) before I commit to pre-production.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SD: www.shannonkdunn.com — or for most of the commercials I produce (my ‘day job’) – I own a licensing company www.brigidmedia.com

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
SD: Thank you for supporting Colorado Independent Women in Film – I look forward to and hope to continue to participate your many more years of success!

Losing Sight will screen Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.